A Dania Beach man was arrested for shooting his neighbor's 1-year-old pit bull and then leaving the dog to die near a dumpster, authorities said Monday.
Franklin Davis, 51, faces an animal cruelty charge and unlawful discharge of a firearm for the Saturday night killing of Diesel, the pit bull, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
Detectives said they found out that Davis had fired two shots at Diesel, who has hit by one of them.
Davis then loaded the dog into a car and left him near a dumpster at the 2300 block of Pershing Street in Hollywood, authorities said.
The dog was still breathing when he was dumped, but he eventually died, police said.
Davis was arrested Monday, and he told authorities he was trying to protect his daughter.
It wasn't immediately known if Davis had an attorney.